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Colorectal Surgery

  • What is Colorectal Surgery?

    Colorectal surgery includes several surgical procedures that deal with damage to the colon, rectum and anus. This damage can be caused by injuries or disorders that affect the lower region of the body. The minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery (keyhole) procedures are the most commonly used procedures in colorectal surgery. This involves making small, incisions (buttonhole) on the abdomen, through which laparoscopic instruments are inserted using advanced imaging guidance.

  • Your doctor might recommend colorectal surgery to treat various benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) conditions including colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), polyps (non-cancerous growths), hernias, haemorrhoids (piles) and incontinence (inability to control bowel movement).

    If you suffer from colorectal cancer, you are likely to have surgery to remove the tumour. The surgery is mainly performed using minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure. The cancer can also be treated using open surgery to remove the tumour and some of the nearby colon tissues and lymph nodes.

    Laparoscopic colorectal surgery is performed with less discomfort and fewer complications, and it also allows faster recovery and return to normal daily activities as compared to open surgery.

    However, your doctor needs to first decide whether you are a suitable candidate for this surgery. If you have very large lesions, suffer severe cardio-respiratory (heart and lungs) conditions, or have had several other abdominal surgeries before, you may not be a suitable candidate for laparoscopic colorectal surgery.

  • At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, we are committed to giving you comprehensive care. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists, nurses and therapists are here to guide you through the entire treatment and recovery process. Enquire to find out about the range of services we offer.  

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